How Does a Negligent Security Claim work?
A negligent security claim arises when someone has a legal responsibility to provide a safe and secure place for guests of their property (ex: tenants of apartment complexes, commercial businesses’ customers, hotel or motel guests, patients of hospitals, nursing homes, or treatment facilities, retail establishment shoppers or diners, school or college students and teachers) but fails to do so.
This failure to provide proper security measures by the business owner or commercial property manager may occur because of:
- Cutting corners on security measures to save money
- Failure to warn of dangerous conditions or persons
- Inadequate employee training
- Negligent hiring of employees
A property owner’s failure to protect customers with reasonable security measures makes it more likely that violent crimes will occur, often resulting in lifelong suffering from emotional and physical injury and sometimes even wrongful death.
Generally, police are called in to investigate, talk to the crime victims, get statements from witnesses, gather evidence, and attempt to identify and arrest the criminal. Assuming someone is arrested, the criminal prosecutor will build a criminal case against them and proceed to criminal court to obtain a conviction against the criminal defendant.
In addition to a criminal case, victims have the right to hold the property manager or owner responsible for negligently ignoring or failing to prove sufficient security to keep the victim safe from harm.
Deitch + Rogers’ team of Atlanta premises liability lawyers can represent the personal injury victims in a negligent security case and can help assess what security measures should have been implemented by the business or property owner. This information is vital when filing a negligent security civil law claim against the business or property owner.